Directed by Carlo Appolo, the MakeStudios Production has the artist spitting off a series of questions about life and love—questions perhaps you’ve asked yourself. Will he get tangible answers to these pressing questions? No matter. One thing that can’t be questioned, is the fact that Kelly Krow is one of the hottest acts in the Montreal pop and R&B scene. “Slow Down”, a killer jam, featuring fellow Canadian OneNessa and produced by the producer known as XXX shot up the iTunes chart this past Spring. His latest work is a song “What About Us” produced by Montreal beatmaker Carlito leaves no doubt in the crevices of the mind that you’ll be hearing about Kelly Krow for a long time.
Come, and get to know this Canadian singer with Haitian roots…
Kreyolicious: How did you get started in the music business?
I had this addiction watching Michael Jackson when I was six years old. My mother had all the videos [from] back in the day. My days at home was all about watching the king of pop. Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a singer, comedian, rapper, entertainer…Anything related with music and arts. I tried everything at the same time for years until Brandon Hetch—my manager called me for a meeting and changed my whole music vision today.
Kreyolicious: During your creative process, what usually pops out first…the melody…or the lyrics?
The rhythm and the melody come from first, always. The lyrics follow the mood of the melody!
Kreyolicious: What inspired the song “Question”?
The song question is about everything you qant to know about living together. For anyone, in a long-term relationship. Good times and bad times, successes and failures, the mixture of good and bad things which happen to people. Back in the days, on my side my feelings was, and always have been, a roller coaster. I was told by people who are close to me that being emotional is a bad thing. And I believed them. It took me a long time to realize that I was hiding who I really was by hiding how I truly felt about all sorts of stuff. And that’s why today I’m really grateful to be with the one i married today. “Question” is everything I had with people back then. “I’ve had you so many times. But somehow, I want more”—that was my reflection by writing the song
Kreyolicious: You look like you had an awfully good time filming it. Did you play a creative role on how the visuals came together?
I had the role as Adam in modern art…let’s say. Watching her, the temptation…Im a married man, and Raquel Martinez—the main model was also engaged! So it was pretty funny to do it. [Laughter]
Kreyolicious: What’s the musical scene in Montreal like right now?
Montreal is one of those cities that’s got everything! From a huge nightlife scene, to the home of major educational institutions, massive Party scene…Montreal is a city that feeds its population with festivities. The music development is late though. The reason is simple. The beatmakers/producers are quietly blowing up worldwide, and it’s easier working with artists. The simple reason that artists need a hit song—of course. However, Montreal artists, rappers, singers can’t “blow-up” in Montreal. The city doesn’t have that DJ Khaled-type-of-vibe. It’s more an every-man-for-himself situation. When we will have our Drake in town, things will change! I can feel this happening really soon.
Kreyolicious: Kelly Krow…The letter ‘K’…twice. If you could pick a word from the English language that a K-sound…to describe yourself, it would be…
I’ll go with Knowledge. Anyone can know. The point is to understand. Trying to understand the ideas behind everything. That’s how I am.
Kreyolicious: Every musical artist—no matter how unique they are were influenced by another artist…or artists. I remember reading this interview that Michael Jackson did where he cited Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder on his list of talents who influenced him. Who would you say are your influences?
Michael Jackson of course. He said: “The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work” and that’s what I did all my life. Also being a proud Haitian, Wyclef Jean was a big part of my growing up. I had the chance to see him working live in the studio once. Incredible knowledge. I’ve also been following Pharrell Williams since day one.
Kreyolicious: Do you visit Haiti often?
I went once when I was a baby—about two years old. Can’t remember. But I would love to go anytime. Just trying to figure it out “right timing”. The elections right now…government and politics. I don’t think it’s the right time to go! I’m definitely going [later on this year]. Can’t wait!
Kreyolicious: What are you working on right now? And what should we expect from you now and towards middle of the year?
As a recording artist, my official first album My Lotus Garden. Available pretty much everywhere. Going on tour [this year]. Shows. Working with dope artists worldwide. I’ll let my manager take the lead. I’m in good hands. He’s doing a pretty dope job for Kelly Krow! As a comedian with The Official Food Gang. I’ll keep doing what I do best…making good music and representing my Haitian brothers and sisters for life! Everything you can imagine is real.